Water Resources Program  |  Stormwater Utility Basics of a Stormwater Utility
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OVERVIEW STATE OF COUNTY WATER RESOURCES WATER RESOURCES PROGRAMS BASICS OF A STORMWATER UTILITY ADVISORY PANEL BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETINGS

 

One of the primary reasons the County is establishing a stormwater utility is that it is a much more equitable way of distributing the overall costs of the water resource program to property owners. Currently, there is little correlation between a property’s tax assessment and its stormwater impact. On the other hand, a utility fee is based on a property’s physical characteristics – such as the amount of impervious area (buildings, driveways, and the like) on the property. A utility will result in higher fees for properties generating more  runoff, and lower fees for  properties generating less.

A stormwater utility fee can be compared to a sewer utility fee. In each case, the fee supports programs and systems necessary to receive and manage “waste” (wastewater or stormwater).

More information regarding stormwater utilities:

  • • utilities are a stand-alone funds – separate from the general fund – that cannot be used for services or programs   other than those related to water resources
  • • utilities impose a fee – not a tax – for services provided; therefore, the fee is applicable to tax-exempt organizations
  • • utilities must provide a credit for private investments which reduce stormwater impact, such as onsite stormwater   management
  • • over 20 Virginia localities have adopted stormwater utilities localities